Colts coach Frank Reich: Adam Vinatieri is our kicker

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The Colts have talked Adam Vinatieri into sticking around.

Amid widespread speculation on Sunday that the future Hall of Fame kicker would be retiring on Monday (and it was leaning in that direction), Vinatieri will stay with the team.

Coach Frank Reich told reporters on Monday that Vinatieri will kick for the Colts on Sunday, in the home opener against the Falcons.

Vinatieri missed two kicks in Sunday’s win over the Titans, following three misses in a Week One lost at the Chargers. His brief comments to the media after the 19-17 victory sparked a belief that Vinatieri would retire today.

Reich called Vinatieri an “instrumental leader” on the team, which is an important element as the team continues to trudge forward still only 23 days after the stunning retirement of quarterback Andrew Luck.

Vinatieri continues to get treatment on his knee, but Reich said that, physically, the kicker is a “powerhouse.”

18 responses to “Colts coach Frank Reich: Adam Vinatieri is our kicker

  1. This was a bad move. With kicking, it’s mostly mental…all these guys have the leg for 50 yards, it’s what’s between the ears in any given minute…hence the “icing the kicker”. It ain’t so his leg stiffens up.

    Adam’s heart isn’t in it and his coach thinks he’s better than a bunch of hungry younger options filled with piss and vinegar. I’ll be tuning in next weekend to count the missed kicks. O/U at 2.5.

  2. Always love seeing guys take on father time. He’s made so many big kicks in his career, if he’s able to continue good production his career will be that much better. He’s got a justin Verlander vibe. I will root for his return to form.

  3. I was 8 when he made that blizzard kick in old foxboro stadium. I went to high school and played kicker, played D2 college ball as a kicker, and I’m officially in my late 20s now.

    Vinatieri is still in the NFL. Incredible. Thanks for the memories, Adam. Whatever you decide to do, as a special teams guy myself, you gave me a hell of a lot of memories. All the best to you however and whenever the ride ends.

  4. No way AV should go out like that. Glad he decided to stick around…I’m sure he will pull out of it. Just the shanks. It happens.

  5. This has nothing to do with age. It’s not like Morten Anderson was kicking for the Chiefs and 40 yard attempts were coming up short. The kicks are getting there they are just off. This is just a guy in his head thinking it’s age.

  6. Their are no better kickers available. I remember when the Bears didn’t want to pay Robbie Gould and his replacements lost ‘da Bears games including the Wild Card game with a miss in the closing seconds.

  7. Exactly, because age doesn’t affect one’s coordination.

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    David Muehlhausen says:

    This has nothing to do with age. It’s not like Morten Anderson was kicking for the Chiefs and 40 yard attempts were coming up short. The kicks are getting there they are just off. This is just a guy in his head thinking it’s age

  8. I just hope he either pulls it together or walks away. I don’t think he’ll damage his legacy by continuing to play but it’s sad to see one of the greats suddenly decline.

    I’ve always wondered if what kept him going was knowing he’s been on the winning side more than any other player in the NFL Regular Season (217) and hoping he can hold on to the record with Brady coming up fast (209).

  9. Frank Reich appears to be a very nice person and a very good head coach. I’m hoping his decision to keep Vinatieri is becaused he and the Colts personnel staff can’t find a better kicker.

  10. If things don’t go well next week, Reich will have to tell Vinatieri to retire or be cut. It’s not a good look.

  11. brawlkc says:
    September 16, 2019 at 4:47 pm
    Always love seeing guys take on father time. He’s made so many big kicks in his career, if he’s able to continue good production his career will be that much better. He’s got a justin Verlander vibe. I will root for his return to form.
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    So, can we assume you love seeing Tom Brady taking on Father Time? I think not.

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